Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Mendocino 30th Anniversary Ale (Cascade single hop pale ale)

type: single-hop pale ale
origin: Ukiah, CA
price: $4/22oz
ABV: 7%
NSP: 11.4

What does it say about a brewery that after thirty years in the game, they decide to make a mildly boring single-hop pale ale?  Not sure, but emphasis on the boring.

Yes, the hop character is very one-note and Cascadian (Brats hates Cascade hops because their overused in the PNW).  Yes, the beer is malty, sweet, but it also tastes slightly metallic.  Good lacing, but not much aroma.  Whoop-dee-fucking-doo!

It seems the only thing that makes this reasonably unique is the ABV; but then again, Ballast makes a 7% hoppy lager in regular production that blows the goddamn lid off most hop-centric beers, including this.

I'm recommending you try this, if only because it's a great value, but I would say search for this like you would search for a shitty, faded tattoo-giving "artist." It's not that this beer is bad, but it's just not interesting, and certainly not worthy of a 30-year celebration other than perhaps after getting that old, shitty, faded tattoo lasered off your body.  No ragrets.

Still in the game after thirty years, BRO.

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